Darren Hersh co-founded The Goalie Academy in 1996 after a successful hockey playing career that included an ECAC Championship and Playoff MVP Award with Bowdoin College in 1993 and a Central Hockey League Championship with Wichita Thunder in 1994. Hersh was the Goalie Coach for the Reading Royals, 2013 ECHL Kelly Cup Champions, from 2010-2014. In the time Hersh was with the Royals, the team was affiliated with Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, & Washington Capitals. With Reading, and with Johnstown Chiefs in 2009, Darren has been fortunate to have been able to work with several goalies who have spent time in the NHL, such as Philipp Grubauer, Ben Scrivens, Jussi Rynnas, Drew MacIntyre, Michael Hutchinson, and Daren Machesney. As the Director of The Goalie Academy, Hersh prides himself and his organization on their ability and track record of producing high level goalies from the ground up and from non-traditional hockey areas like Maryland, Virginia, and Central Pennsylvania. Coach Hersh has helped develop from very young ages Dan Sullivan (University of Maine), Jay Williams (Miami of Ohio University), Nick Ellis (Edmonton Oilers NHL, Providence College), Bruce Racine (Colgate), Dan Rivellini (Babson College), Stephen Morrissey (Wiliams College) and Michael Lackey (USNTDP & Harvard Univ), as well as Kris Carlson (Providence College, USHL/OHL/NAHL Draft Pick), Garrett Forrest (OHL), and David Altman (Assumption). Some of the best future prep, junior, college, and pro goalie prospects are originating in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania with The Goalie Academy. Among Coach Hersh’s other high level students have been Anthony Feyock (University of Rhode Island and CHL), Pudge Sillery (Union College and FHL), Michael Clemente (Brown University/Springfield AHL), and Freddie Bergman (University of Nebraska-Omaha, Pro Sweden). He also works with the DC area’s best young and rising goalies, including the top AA and AAA goaltenders. Coach Hersh has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine) and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Penn State University.
Doug Michals, with Darren Hersh, founded the Goalie Academy after being released from the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL in 1994. Doug has been with The Goalie Academy since the first camp 15 years ago and now leads our program in the New England area as the Director of The Goalie Academy of Boston. Doug is also currently Director of Goaltending with TEAMS Training and he is the Head Middle School Coach at the Rivers Country Day School in Weston, MA. In addition, he works with the varsity goalies at the Rivers School and Governors Academy. In 2004-2006, Michals served as Director of Goaltending for the Hershey Jr. Bears in Hershey, PA. Upon moving back to Boston, Doug was also the Goalie Coach for the Boston Jr. Bruins. Doug’s personal style of coaching allows him to teach players of all ages and abilities. Doug brings a lot of passion and energy when teaching the art of goaltending.
Tanner Jones joins The Goalie Academy staff after an outstanding college playing career with Virginia Tech and UMassBoston.
Jones is a graduate of The Goalie Academy system having trained with the GA since the age of 8 or 9. Tanner played with the AA Ashburn Xtreme, then with AAA Tier 1 teams Reston Raiders, Virginia Statesmen and Washington Little Capitals. Jones played junior hockey in the NA3HL with Quad City Flames.
From Quad City, Tanner was recruited to NCAA D-III UMassBoston and later transfered to VA Tech where he was captain of the team as a goalie. Jones graduated from VA Tech as perhaps the schools all time best goaltender. He has a bachelor's degree in nutrition and sports science.
Jones has coached at GA for the past several years in the summer and over school breaks and we are extremely happy to bring him on full time.
Welcome back, Biscuit!
Originally from New Jersey, Padraig grew up playing AAA hockey in the NJ/NY area. Carey played junior hockey for the Jr Rangers and then played four years of ACHA college hockey at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was also team/club President.
Padraig has been coaching for The Goalie Academy for several years now, beginning his stint at our annual Extreme Camp in Hershey, PA.
Padraig spearheads the GA goalie training for the Hershey Jr Bears organization, which he has done since the 2015-2016 season! Padraig also coaches the goalies for the prestigious Hershey Quebec Pee Wee Team!
Back with The Goalie Academy is Steve Estep, originally from Minnesota (Wayzata & Woodbury).
Estep was a student of The Goalie Academy while he played NCAA D-I hockey at Colgate University. Steve earned a degree in International Relations and Asian Studies, while playing hockey and rowing for the Raiders.
Prior to 'Gate, Estep played four years of varsity hockey at St. Paul Academy, where he would earn All-Conference honors. Following prep school, he played one season of junior hockey for the head coach Bill Muckalt and the Valencia Flyers.
A coach with a great disposition, Steve has a lot of experience and knowledge to share with The Goalie Academy goalies. Throughout his hockey career, Steve has trained under a number of elite coaches including Darren Hersh, Robb Stauber and Jamie Storr.
From the greatest college town in America, Brunswick, Maine, Jason Blier is one of The Goalie Academy's elite staff members.
Blier currently plays for NOVA after playing prep school hockey at Bridgeton Academy and junior hockey with the Northern Cyclones.
A superb addition to the GA staff, Blier has a great demeanor with the goalies and he loves hard work.
We are very happy to have Jason on the team!
Ryan Framinan joins The Goalie Academy as an instructor after working under the tutelage of Darren Hersh for 5+ years. As a former GA student, Ryan understands The Goalie Academy methodology inside and out.
Ryan played Tier 1 AAA hockey with the Washington Little Capitals and Junior hockey with Potomac Patriots before joining the ACHA team at George Mason University.
Framinan's training and experience have helped him with educating youth goalies about how to prepare for the commitment it takes to take the next big step in becoming an elite goaltender.
We are pleased to have Ryan join the GA staff!
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brian Adamczak comes to The Goalie Academy after graduating from Duquesne University in 2009, where he played on the school's ACHA hockey team.
An elementary school teacher, Brian is absolutely great with instructing kids!
The Goalie Academy is thrilled to have Brian on staff for camps and clinics.
Andy has spent the past two seasons working as a scout at the Tier 1 Junior A level. Andy's work in junior hockey touches every level and nearly every league in the U.S. Andy is a Level 4 USA Hockey certified coach and is the President of Five Hole Hockey, an organization that he founded to help players pursue opportunities in junior hockey. Prior to coaching and scouting, Andy played two seasons of New England D1 Prep hockey at Choate School. After Choate, he went on to play 3 seasons of junior hockey in the BCHL, AWHL (now NAHL), MNJHL, and WSHL. After junior hockey, Andy enjoyed a stint in the UHL with the Quad City Mallards before earning a B.S. in Finance from Montana State University and a MBA from The Pennsylvania State University. Andy resides in Central Pennsylvania with his wife and son.
The Goalie Academy welcomes back Sarah Bryant! Once a camper at our Elite Prospects Camps in both Hershey, Pa and Boston, MA, Sarah is now on The Goalie Academy coaching staff after a storied playing career that culminated at Providence College. An Isobel Cup Champion with the New York Riveters of the NWHL, the women's professional hockey league, Sarah has assisted the GA staff mostly at our weekend clinics at Reston and Piedmont.
Sarah is a full time coach at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.
We are extremely happy to have Sarah back with The GA!